After standing with survivors on the docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, John Legend is receiving backlash for an old photo he took with Harvey Weinstein that recently resurfaced online. However, the 40-year-old singer made sure to clear his name and set the record straight.
Someone tweeted the father-of-two a photo of himself standing beside his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and Harvey, who triggered the #MeToo movement after various women came forward claiming they were sexually harassed or assaulted by the film producer. “@johnlegend please explain?? I don’t remember you publicly denouncing this man!!!” read the tweet dragging John. The “All of Me” singer then made it clear it was taken before he had any knowledge of the allegations made against Harvey.
“I took a photo with and worked with Harvey on several occasions before his abuse was known to me and the rest of the world. Since his being exposed, his company and career have rightfully been destroyed and he’s been indicted. Sounds like something that should happen to R. Kelly,” he quote-tweeted.
If y'all wanna cape for R and discount all these women's stories, just say it. Don't bring up some old pics of me and somebody else. https://t.co/2wus2P7vNm
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 8, 2019
Similarly to Harvey, R. Kelly now has several claims made against him thanks to the Lifetime docu-series and the survivors who were brave enough to tell their stories. While these claims against the musician aren’t entirely new, the six-part show is shining a light on accusations regarding assault, pedophilia, sexual misconduct, and more.
In a second tweet, John didn’t hold back. “If y’all wanna cape for R and discount all these women’s stories, just say it. Don’t bring up some old pics of me and somebody else,” he wrote.
To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. I believe these women and don't give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 4, 2019
Last week, the 40-year-old received lots of praise for deciding to partake in the documentary and speak against R. Kelly. “To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a f–k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision,” he tweeted on Thursday, Jan. 3. Well said, John!